Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Top of the Bill! Addison Is the Champ

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Top of the Bill! Addison Is the Champ

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YARM'S Bill Addison is the new Northern Saloon and Sports Car Championship king.

The 58-year-old plant hire boss wrapped up a memorable season with a pair of class E1 wins in the final two races of the year at Croft Circuit.

He took outright victory in his Caterham R400 Superlight on day one after a titanic battle with class A1 front runner Colin Simpson (Marcos Mantis) who had also arrived at Croft's two-day BARC meeting with a chance of winning the title.

That maximum points haul put the crown beyond Simpson's reach with a race to go, meaning the Scotsman's outright victory in the wet on Sunday was in vain.

And it was the first leg of a family double for the Addisons as Bill's son Martin clinched the class D championship on day two.

"It's a nice feeling," said Addison Snr. "We've had a long, hard season with all the repairs and stuff we've had to do, but I'm pleased to be in this position.

"It's something new for me because I've never won a championship before and I've been racing for 10 years."

Addison led Saturday's race from start to finish although Simpson had a couple of goes at passing his rival, making contact on one occasion going into Tower which led to him being airborne for a moment.

"I've no axe to grind, it was one of those things," he said. "It's fortunate we didn't end up going off."

Addison made the fastest start on Sunday but Simpson, on wet weather tyres, soon made up for a sluggish start to establish a convincing lead he never lost.

David Brewis (Lotus Elan) and Neil Claxton (Suzuki SC100) also found a way past to make up the top three, the former following up his second place on Saturday.

Addison was down to fifth but found a way past Ingleby Barwick's David Botterill (Porsche 944) to finish fourth on the road.

"I just didn't have the grip," he explained. "The Kumho tyres I had on need plenty of heat in them. I could have put some different ones on but it wasn't worth it really.

"The top three were on wet weather tyres (as permitted by their class regulations) so they had the best grip while it was wet, but it was in the bag already so there was nothing really to push for. …

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